Total Undergraduate Enrollment: 5,374
Institutional Type: Private
Curricular Flexibility: Somewhat Flexible
Academic Rating: 5
Public Health Studies
1. Dean & Company
3. Lockheed Martin
4. Bain & Company
5. McKinsey & Co.
2. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
3. National Institutes of Health
1. Booz Allen Hamilton
2. Washington, DC
3. New York City
4. San Francisco
College Scorecard (Early Career): $73,200
EOP (Early Career): $75,000
PayScale (Mid-Career): $117,100
High schoolers who dream of entering the medical profession look to North Baltimore as their Mecca—more specifically, to Johns Hopkins University, Charm City’s prestigious, midsized research institution. Yet, four years at Johns Hopkins is so much more than merely a prelude to seven years of medical school. With fifty-two majors as well as forty-seven minors, JHU excels in everything from its bread-and-butter medical-related majors to international relations and dance. Of the five undergraduate schools within the university, the vast majority of students reside in either the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences or the Whiting School of Engineering. However, the Carey School of Business, School of Education, and Peabody Institute also award bachelor’s degrees.
All Hopkins bachelor’s-seekers must meet distributional requirements covering the basics: humanities, natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences, quantitative and mathematical sciences, and engineering. Writing-intensive courses also are mandated regardless of one’s major. Students are encouraged to broaden their horizons by double majoring or selecting a minor, and 70 percent do so. First-year experience courses help to transition students to the school and second-year experience courses assist with community-building and career planning.
Boasting an enviable 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio and 75 percent of course sections with an enrollment under twenty, face time with professors is a reality. That presents a phenomenal opportunity to learn directly from a group that includes four Nobel Laureates, four Medal of Science winners, and two recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Fittingly for America’s first research university, 80 percent of JHU undergraduates complete a research experience while working closely with a faculty member. Each year, hundreds of students receive significant funding for independent projects through the Hopkins Office for Undergraduate Research.
Universally respected by employers and graduate schools alike, many departments carry a high level of clout, including biology, chemistry, English, and international studies. Biomedical engineering, public health, and nursing, which happen to be the three most popular majors, can also be found at the top of the national rankings. Outside the Classroom
The 140-acre Homewood campus located in North Baltimore is the site of the School of Engineering and the School of Arts & Sciences. The dorms located at Homewood house most underclassmen and feature dining halls that garner generally high praise. Despite the excellent chow, upperclassmen tend to outgrow university-owned housing; a slight majority of students, 52 percent, live off campus. The twenty-two Greek organizations each have their own charitable focus and attract 27 percent of the undergraduate student body. Nicknamed the Blue Jays, athletes compete in twelve men’s and ten women’s sports in NCCA Division III. Over 400 student organizations are active at JHU. Groups centered on community service tend to be the most popular. The Center for Social Concern connects students with over seventy-five local organizations. For those interested in a medical career, you’ll have the chance to volunteer in one of fifteen local hospitals, including Johns Hopkins’ own facilities. Popular traditions include the three-day Spring Fair, the US’s largest student-run fair. Famous guest speakers from all walks of life regularly visit campus and draw engaged audiences. Homewood is a only a few miles from the bustle of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor so, even though thearea immediately surrounding campus isn’t the most inviting, culture and nightlife can easily be found.
The Homewood Career Center is staffed by seventeen full-time professional employees that work with and on behalf of undergraduates in the areas of career development, employer engagement, internship coordination, and event planning. This figure does not include administrative assistants, IT, graduate advisors, or marketing professionals. Possessing a student-to-advisor ratio of 311:1, JHU is superior to many of the institutions included in this guide.
Last year, the Career Center engaged 1,999 undergraduates in one-to-one career coach appointments. More than ninety employers, including many Fortune 1000 companies, conducted 716 interviews on campus. Over 15,000 jobs and internship opportunities were available on Handshake. Homewood hosts three major career fairs each year: the flagship Fall Career Fair with more than 150 employers, the STEM & Innovation Career Fair with forty targeted companies attending, and the spring Non-profit Career Fair that also focuses on internship procurement. All told, 170companies attended career fairs at JHU, and 247 companies recruited on campus. The university also provides a number of internships that are built-in to each academic department. Those include credit-bearing options in orthopedic surgery, film and media studies, business, and computational biology. An exceptional 85 percent of undergraduates complete one internship over their four years of study; it is not unusual to complete two.
Last year’s graduating Class saw 97 percent of graduates successfully land at their next destination within six months f exiting the university; 54 percent of graduates entered the world of employment and a robust 35 percent went directly to graduate/professional school. Of those entering the workforce, the most popular industries were research, engineering and IT, consulting, finance, and health care. Johns Hopkins University and its affiliated medical institutions were the largest employer of recent graduates, scooping up sixty-four class members. Other prominent companies landing more than a handful of fresh JHU alums were Deloitte, Accenture, Booz Allen Hamilton, Morgan Stanley, and ScribeAmerica. Across all graduating years you’ll find hundreds of Hopkins grads working for IBM, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Apple. The average starting salary across all majors was $60,768.
Johns Hopkins’ sterling reputation also helps land its undergrads at premier graduate schools. Engineering is the most popular graduate field with 27 percent of graduates going in that direction. Medical school is the second most common endeavor at 17 percent. The overall admit rate to medical schools is a healthy 79 percent. Law school grads also found homes at an above-average 90 percent clip. Johns Hopkins itself is the most frequently attended graduate school, with 147 grads continuing their education in Baltimore. The next five most frequently attended institutions were Harvard, Penn, Columbia, Duke, and Stanford.
• “The Charm City Circulator, which is a free bus system, has a stop at Hopkins campus. It takes you all the way down to the Inner Harbor.”
• “You get a taste of an urban campus, but it’s not overwhelming. It’s very manageable.”
• “When you arrive on campus people talk about the ‘Hopkins Bubble’ where people stay on campus without leaving.”
• “I’m used to New York and New Jersey where things close a lot later, and Baltimore isn’t like that where things are open all the time.”
• “There are no lower-cost food areas around campus like Wal-Mart, so you end up spending a lot on groceries.”
• “The [brand name] of Johns Hopkins.”
• “Because it’s not a party school you get more of a relaxed social environment. You get to know everybody here if you choose to join.”
• “If you’re a competitive person and thrive off of competition, this is a fantastic school to go to.”
• “The Peabody music school is nearby, and those are invaluable resources if you want them.”
• “If you’re really, really interested in research and want access to research as an undergraduate.”
• “If you have broad interests and want space to do everything, there is a lot of space to do that because there isno core curriculum. There’s a lot of space to do double majors or double minors. I think that’s one of the best things about the Hopkins curriculum.”
• “It’s a really old campus. There are not a lot of new features or amenities on campus.”
• “If you’re going to be pre-med because the grade deflation will hurt your GPA.”
• “They force you off of campus your third year, so if you don’t think you will be able to live off campus after your third year, then don’t come.”
• “If you have to work a job to come here, good luck because it’s really hard.”
• “If you like to go out and have a wild time, don’t come here. It’s just not going to work out.”
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